Management Committee – Making it happen

Jillian Edwards

Jillian Edwards

Chair

Director, Beyond Business as Usual

Specialist Disaster Risk and Resilience | Advisor | Strategy | Governance

Jillian is a specialist advisor in systemic disaster risk, resilience, and strategy. With over 30 years’ experience in emergency and disaster management, she has led multiple change management and capability building programs in Australia and the Pacific region, resulting in fundamental shifts in thinking, policy, and resilience outcomes.

As Founder and Director of Beyond Business as Usual Jillian uses her deep knowledge and experience to support institutions, organisations and individuals redefine and develop business models and build the resilience and capability to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing risk context.

Scott Leonard

Treasurer

Scott brings 24 years’ experience as an Army Officer with highly developed problem -solving, project management, and logistics experience. Career highlights include developing protocols to ensure deploying forces were appropriately trained and equipped, operational deployments to East Timor (1999-2000) and Iraq (2007-2008) and coordinating Defence support to the Sydney Olympics and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

His post-Defence work has included over four years in disaster management roles with Queensland Government and the Local Government Association of Queensland. These roles saw him visit every local government in Queensland and coordinate grant funding to improve community disaster resilience. Scott worked on Manus Island in 2013-2014 as the Supply Manager, managing over $1million in canteen supplies and coordinating the supply of general goods required to run the processing centre. He is also a qualified driving instructor and ran his own driving school for two years.

Andrew Coghlan

Andrew Coghlan

Member

National Manager Emergency Services, Australian Red Cross

Andrew has been involved in the emergency management sector, with a strong focus on recovery, for in excess of 20 years.  Initially working in government, he was the National Recovery Consultant at EMA’s Australian Emergency Management Institute at Mt. Macedon.  In this role he led the development and delivery of recovery curriculum at the Institute and provided consultancy support to state government recovery coordinators in the aftermath of various disasters, including the Port Arthur shootings, Indian Ocean Tsunami, Canberra Bushfires and Bali Bombings.  Following that he moved to Australian Red Cross to grow their role in emergency management, building on the strong reputation and base of the organisation to broaden involvement to all aspects of the emergency management continuum; before, during and after. This has included a very deliberate development of Red Cross’s work in building individual and community resilience, as well as a commitment to supporting communities through their long-term recovery. Key activities have included growth of Red Cross’s recovery work in the aftermath of the Black Saturday Bushfires, development of the RediPlan preparedness program and establishment of a three year, multi state recovery program in the aftermath of the 2019/20 Bushfires

Throughout his career Andrew has also been involved in a wide range of policy development, including contributing to the National Recovery Principles and National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework.  Initiatives he has been involved with include the establishment of the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities and the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.

At a personal level he is committed to community engagement and empowerment and see the importance and value of the arts in supporting people to progress through recovery and help make meaning of traumatic experiences. In addition, he has a strong interest in individual and community sense of place, having previously studied landscape architecture and urban planning.

Andrew has undertaken a couple of key leadership development opportunities, completing Leadership Courses offered through both Asialink and Leadership Victoria.  Each of these opportunities has broadened my thinking in relation to challenges that communities face, and the critically important role of not for profit and community-based organisations in helping address these challenges.

Andrew is currently a Board member of Volunteering Victoria and have previously been on the Boards of Volunteering Australia and Asia-Australia Mental Health.

Jen Rae

Jen Rae

Member

Dr Jen Rae is a Narrm (Melbourne)-based artist-researcher of Canadian Métis-Scottish descent. Her 15-year practice-led research expertise is in the discursive field of contemporary environmental art and arts-based environmental communication. It is centered around cultural responses to climate change, specifically the role of artists. Her work is engaged in discourses around food in/security, disaster preparedness and ecological futures predominantly articulated through transdisciplinary collaborative methodologies and community alliances. She is the Creative Lead of Fair Share Fare; a board member of the International Environmental Communication Association and, has lectured at the postgraduate level in socially engaged art and performance at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.

Rebecca Vandyk

Rebecca Vandyk

Member

Arts and Health Gippsland

Rebecca is a practicing community artist, currently working on a project funded by VicHealth’s ‘Everyday Creativity’ grants, in the Baw Baw region of Gippsland. She is managing 10 facilitating artists to embed the creative arts within the community as a means for improving social connectivity and mental health. She hold degrees in Art (Ceramics), and Education, Honours in Psychological Science, and a Masters in Public Health, her academic approach informs both her community work and her studio practice.

Rebecca’s art follows themes of feminist mothering and dealing with chronic illness. She’s recently been published in Hecate, as a result of her tour of the Giant Knit.ted Placenta, a community art project completed during 2017-2019. During the C-19 lockdown she created a series of online arts for health sessions for the local community using Zoom. During that time she also was a facilitating artist for the Creative Recovery Network’s Phase One of a Bushfire Recovery project in the Baw Baw Shire.

Silvano Giordano

Silvano Giordano

Member

Co-Director Wilurarra Creative

Silvano Giordano has been Director of Wilurarra Creative for over 10 years, living and working in Mirlirrtjarra (Warburton Community) in the very remote Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia. Silvano has a background in commercial printing, contemporary and community arts and sound engineering. With the belief that arts, access to technologies and appropriate self-directed learning opportunities are fundamental to self-determination, Silvano works alongside (particularly younger) Ngaanyatjarra people to create exciting and relevant creative opportunities.

Since 2004, Wilurarra Creative has facilitated a diverse range of community driven activities and creative programs, co-created with 16-30 year old Ngaanyatjarra people. Project areas include music (recording, practice and performance), concerts, tours, community evens, fashion, social change hairdressing salon, screen printing, design, cultural maintenance, mental work, photography, digital inclusion, videos, publications – including the Alanya project. Foundational to Wilurarra’s success is working ‘Malparara-way’ – Ngaanyatjarra and non-Ngaanyatjarra colleagues working alongside each other.

Staff – driving the tiny house

Scotia Monkivitch

Scotia Monkivitch

Executive Officer

Scotia has a broad range of professional experiences in the community arts and cultural development sector, which have taken her throughout Australia and internationally.  She has diverse experience in training, mentoring, strategic planning, project management, research and facilitation of community cultural development programs and strategies, specializing in working with people experiencing disability and disadvantage, creative ageing and rural and remote communities.

Scotia is currently Manager of the Creative Recovery Network, advocating and supporting the role arts and creativity plays within disaster preparedness and response. The Creative Recovery Network aims to gather, critique, develop and share the knowledge gained nationally and internationally for engagement of the arts in disaster recovery and preparedness, along with developing tools and support for artists working in this field.

Scotia has a performance background spanning 25 years in movement-based theatre, devised performance, and coordination of projects and theatrical productions, performance crosses through traditional theatre forms, installation performance, film, live-art and on-line exchanges. She established Australian chapter of the Magdalena International Project, which aims to give voice and recognition to the skills and achievements of women in theatre.

Jill Robson

Jill Robson

Producer

Jill Robson is Creative Recovery Network’s project manager and a communications specialist with more than 15 years experience in the film and cultural sectors as a publicist, marketing executive and communications director. She was previously Head of Communications for the Doha Film Institute in Qatar, Director of Marketing and Communications for Brisbane-based cultural initiative the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and regional publicist and event manager for Dendy Films and Dendy Cinemas in Queensland.

Advisors to the Committee – raising flags and offering provocations

Karen Hethey

Karen Hethey

Independent Performing Arts Professional

Karen is a Perth based professional Animateur/Director, Puppetry Artist, large scale Spectacle Theatre Maker and performer.

I love theatre and live performance and have a commitment to giving voice to the stories from our ever increasing complex fabric of Australian communities – whether that be through narrative theatre, physical performance, film, music, visual arts, puppetry or installation arts. I have a commitment to making creative and artistic possibilities accessible to diverse audiences, especially to people in situations of disadvantage and it is my aim to use my experience, skills and artistic practices to develop, promote and encourage cultural change through innovative performance

Ron Bradfiled

Ron Bradfiled

Cultural Advisor

Ron Bradfield Jnr is a saltwater fella from Bardi Country, north of Broome but grew up in Geraldton, WA. He now calls Whadjuk Boodjah, his home.

He has worked across the visual arts sphere and how this connects to communities for the last ten years; having been the Operations Manager for Urban Indigenous and, the Membership and Indigenous Development Manager for Artsource, where both roles involved working closely with local artists and assisting them in sharing their practices or, assisting them with issues they may face on a day-to-day basis!

Ten years serving in the Australian Defence Force, has given him many skills in preparing, planning and implementing tasks, thus allowing me the opportunity to better manage projects and personnel. Operating and co-existing in confined and pressured environments also teach you how to work closely with all types of people and personalities, to get the task done.

His experiences to date – across such a diverse field – all have one thing in common: working intimately with other people, often in their own environment. To do so requires the ability to build real relationships, based on trust and understanding.

This combined with his own Indigenous background gives him the unique ability to act as a ‘bridge’ between differing parties – encouraging people to actually speak with each other on a level footing, to develop clearly understood outcomes for all concerned.

Primarily he aims to empower Indigenous peoples so they can be clear on their own needs, determine their own goals and build more effective relationships with non-Indigenous peoples, communities, business groups and organisations.

John Smithies

John Smithies

Cultural Development Network

John is an arts manager with a background of arts programming, specifically in cinema, new media arts, and screen education, and experience in policy development.

He studied at the Tasmanian School of Art, the South Australian School of Art, Monash University and the Academy of Fine Art Karlsruhe, Germany. From 1992, John was Director of the State Film Centre of Victoria, leading it through its development to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

He was responsible for opening the new public facilities at Federation Square in Melbourne in October 2002. Since joining CDN, he has worked with the Board and a highly skilled team to support stronger planning within the cultural development activities of local government.

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